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Westbound Route 72 closed as neglected animals are removed from Hampshire farm

HAMPSHIRE – Westbound Route 72 is shut down from Route 47 as crews and volunteers remove animals from a Hampshire farm that was the target of an animal cruelty investigation last week.

The road will remain closed until roughly 1 p.m. as trailers and trucks take the animals to an undisclosed location.

Tuesday morning, Kane County Animal Control asked for the public's assistance in removing the animals from the farm, located at 44W222 Route 20.

The Mini Zoo Crew owner Stacy Fiebelkorn, 34, of Elgin, was charged last Wednesday with one count of a violation of an owner’s duty to provide adequate food, shelter and water and vet care to prevent suffering and one count of cruelty to animals, both misdemeanors.

Nine animals and a horse fetus were found dead and 94 others – including rabbits, donkeys, goats and chickens – were found ill and without enough food and their water was frozen, officials said.

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